The recent floods in Punjab have caused widespread damage and displacement. In addition to the physical destruction, the floods have also posed a health risk to survivors.
Here are some health-related things that flood survivors should take care of after the flood:
Check for injuries. Floodwaters can be contaminated with debris and bacteria, which can cause cuts and scrapes to become infected. It is important to clean any cuts or scrapes thoroughly with soap and water, and to seek medical attention if they become red, swollen, or painful.
Be aware of waterborne diseases. Floodwaters can also contain bacteria and viruses that can cause waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea. To protect yourself from these diseases, it is important to boil or purify all water before drinking it. You should also avoid swimming in floodwaters, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
Take care of your mental health. The experience of a flood can be traumatic, and it is important to take care of your mental health in the aftermath. If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed, talk to a mental health professional.
If you are a flood survivor, please follow these health tips to stay safe and healthy.
Get vaccinated against typhoid and cholera.These vaccines can help protect you from waterborne diseases.
Take over-the-counter medications to prevent diarrhea. These medications can help to keep you hydrated and prevent dehydration.
Seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Red, swollen, or painful cuts or scrapes
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
Stay informed about the health risks associated with floods. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a website with information about the health risks associated with floods. You can also find information about the health risks associated with floods from your local health department.
Help others who have been affected by the floods. If you are able, please donate to organizations that are providing relief to flood survivors. You can also volunteer your time to help with relief efforts.